Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Emilia "Chemi" M.Villegas, 81, of Doña Ana left her dwelling place on earth and entered eternal life to be with her heavenly Father, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 30, 1931 in Doña Ana to Manuel and Enedina Cardon Martinez. "Chemi," as she was known to her family and friends, was a homemaker and a communicant of Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church. Those left to mourn her passing include four sons, Sammy Villegas and wife Inez, Edward Villegas and wife Bea, and Charles Villegas all of Doña Ana, Jessie Villegas and wife Belinda of Las Cruces; daughter, Karen Medina of Las Cruces; two brothers, Joe Martinez and wife Ernestina, Manuel Martinez and wife Pauline; two sisters, Senaida Fierro and husband Jesus, Virginia Padilla all also of Doña Ana. Other survivors include ten grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel M. Villegas, brothers, Daniel and Ernesto Martinez and grandson, Gary Villegas. Visitation for Chemi will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 in Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church, 5525 Cristo Rey in Doña Ana where the prayer vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. Family and friends will join together the celebrate the funeral mass Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the same church with Rev. Miguel Macaya officiating. The rite of committal and interment will follow in the Doña Ana Cemetery where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband. Serving as casket bearers will be Steven Villegas, Edward Villegas Jr., Jessie Villegas Jr., Charles Villegas, Jr., Joe Martinez and Manuel Martinez. The Villegas family has entrusted their loved one to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces to direct funeral services. 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 8, 2012